Staff Bios

Brian Chu

Brian Chu

Legislative Aide

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Brian.Chu@seattle.gov

Born in New York City, Brian's family moved to Seattle when he was 8, and he has called Seattle home ever since. Majoring in Japanese Literature at Carleton College, he spent four years in Japan as a Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, where he cemented his passion for cultural exchange, bridge building and amazing Japanese cuisine. Following completion of an M.A. in International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Brian launched into a career of cultural and educational programming, international marketing, and community development in Seattle, most recently with the Yesler Community Collaborative (YCC). Brian is a board member of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, is fluent in Japanese, and a professional photographer who specializes in sports and lifestyle photography. He is excited to support Councilmember Bagshaw's work and District 7!

Alyson McLean

Alyson McLean

Legislative Aide

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Alyson.McLean@seattle.gov

Alyson is a Puget Sound native from Vashon Island. She attended the University of Washington, first for her undergraduate degree majoring in International Studies and Human Rights and then returned to receive her Masters Degree in Public Administration. In the 4th grade Alyson was voted most likely to be a politician, and she's followed her destiny to work on four campaigns including President Obama's 2008 and Senator Patty Murray's 2010 campaigns. After a small stint in DC working at the National Democratic Institute working on international political party development, devouring macaroons and melting in the heat, Alyson decided to shift her focus to working on local human rights in the city she loves most; Seattle. She is passionate about homelessness and youth policy. Alyson enjoys road trips, tacos, crafting, thrifting and making mixed CDs. She is excited to work on communications, outreach and human service issues on Councilmember Bagshaw's team.

Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss

Legislative Aide

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Daniel.Strauss@seattle.gov

Born and raised in Ballard, Dan has lived and traveled in 36 states across the country. He served in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps for two years in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA respectively. Dan attended Whittier College majoring in Political Science and received his Master Degree in Public Administration and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. He has worked in the Oregon House of Representatives, the Washington State Senate, and several nonprofit organizations. In his free time, Dan enjoys mountaineering, building hiking trails in the San Juan Islands, and kayaking throughout Seattle. He is excited to work on Parks, Planning & Land Use, Transportation, Utilities, New Americans & Civil Rights, Arts, and Equity & Education issues on Councilmember Bagshaw's team. 

Lena Tebeau

Lena Tebeau

Legislative Assistant

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I began public service as a volunteer for Councilmember Richard McIver where I honed my customer service skills and developed a love for emergency management. I then served under Mayor Paul Shell where I was happy to provide administrative support in varied subject matters. After living out of the area for a time, I'm glad to be back in Washington and again serving the public at City Hall!

I have spent some time living abroad in Italy and Germany. Loved it! Can't wait to revisit.

When I am off minding my own business, I enjoy mentoring at-risk youth, spontaneous mini vacations, and looking at old maps.